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Different backgrounds, but bonded in basketball

4:42 PM  Mar 16th, 2018
by Thomas M. Columbus; photos by Briana Snyder ’09

The shipyard, auto plant and steel mill are gone. But Lorain remains Ohio’s 10th-largest city.

In Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky, college basketball is king — and queen.

Coolville, Ohio, does not have a stop sign.

The hometowns of Alex Harris, JaVonna Layfield and Jenna Burdette are very different. But, according to head coach Shauna Green, the three seniors on the Flyers women’s basketball team have one thing in common: “You know what you are going to get out of them every single night.”

And what that is has been very, very good.

Though the backgrounds of the three have many differences, the common factor of basketball has drawn them together.
Harris has always loved basketball.

“Even before kindergarten, a basketball hoop was her favorite toy,” her mother, Sandra Wright, said.

Harris’ first day of kindergarten was the first day of high school for her sister, Shayla Wright. The two were very close, partially because their mother worked two jobs. Kindergarten for Harris marked not only the beginning of school but the beginning of intensely following her sister’s basketball career.

Harris rode the team bus to games. As her sister recalled, Harris “sat on the end of the bench. Our coach called her our ‘little mascot.’” Later playing for the same high school, Harris — who, unlike her sister, grew to be 6-foot-3 — would pull in more than 1,000 rebounds.

Seniors Alex Harris, Jenna Burdette and JaVonna Layfield (above, from left), bring strong family ties into their lives as Flyer teammates.

“She’s so intense on the court,” Linda Bradshaw, her partner and longtime friend, said, “but not off. She’s the nicest person I know.”

That opinion is apparently shared by her niece. “Alex is her favorite person in the world,” Shayla Wright said. “When Alex is around, no one else exists.”

Harris is shy, her sister said. And quiet, according to her mother, who said that Penn State, where Harris went to school for two years, “was too big, considering where she’s from. She doesn’t show much emotion, but she did get homesick.”

Transferring to Dayton brought her closer to home and, her sister said, “brought out her full potential.”

At Dayton she would join the outgoing Layfield and the taciturn Burdette, two players whose freshman homesickness was the subject of a Dayton Daily News article in 2015 by Tom Archdeacon ’72. He described the first time that the roommates Burdette and Layfield caught each other crying. They hugged each other.

Layfield was born in Louisville, Kentucky, with basketball in her blood. Athletes run on both sides of her family; one uncle played for Louisville.

High-spirited and energetic, Layfield was always doing some activity. Her mother, Shanneca O’Bannon, said, “We told her, ‘You have to do something, whether it’s sport or debate. You don’t come home and sit on the couch.’”

“We were trying to tire her out,” her grandmother, Gail O’Bannon, said.
Like Harris, Layfield “was a big kid,” her mother said. “Through grade school and middle school she played with her back to the basket.” Then she stopped growing, prompting her AAU coach to work with her on playing facing the basket.

She learned that well, her senior year being named by the Louisville Courier-Journal First Team All-State. But having lived her whole life in Louisville, “she wasn’t sure about leaving,” her mother said. She considered staying in town and attending Bellarmine University, an NCAA Division II school.

Freshman year at Dayton was a struggle for her, her mother said, adding, “I struggled, too, but I didn’t let her see it. When she became fine, I did, too.

“But someone here in Louisville still has to hear her voice every day.”

Often that someone is her grandmother who, when they talk, makes sure Layfield is going to church.

“My mom,” Layfield’s mother said, “would live in the dorm with JaVonna if she could.”

And grandmother did make a lot of trips to Dayton that freshman year.

As did members of the Burdette family.

Coolville may be a lot different from Louisville, but one thing they do have in common — four years ago each had a future Flyer star who was not eager to leave her hometown.

Coolville, according to Jonathan Burdette, Jenna’s older brother, “is in the middle of nowhere.” More precisely it is in southeast Ohio, 30 miles from Ohio University in Athens, where Jonathan attends school.

And it is, as Jill Burdette, Jenna’s mother, said, “half an hour from any store.”

Growing up, Jenna and Jonathan would show cattle from their grandfather’s farm. “Jenna would always take animals to the county fair,” Jonathan said.

And the two would play basketball.

For AAU ball, Jenna traveled 80 miles to Huntington, West Virginia, to play for the West Virginia Thunder; while she was playing for the team, it won its first national championship.

At Reedsville Eastern High School (enrollment about 200), Jenna’s coach was her dad, John. Jenna was four times first-team All-Ohio. In her senior year, she was Division IV Player of the Year, and Reedsville won the state championship.

When the time for college came, her mother said, Jenna made lists of what she wanted and did not want. She was looking for a relatively small Division I school. Dayton was within a three-hour drive; she liked the coaches; and the team needed a point guard.

She did for a while think, her mother said, that she’d be the only member of her class on the team. Then she had a roommate and teammate named Layfield — and two years later another teammate named Harris.

Their junior year, Harris’ first on the court, saw the Flyers, for the first time in program history, win both the A-10 regular season and championship titles. This year, as seniors, they went on a 16-game winning streak to again grab the A-10 regular season title, only to lose in the tournament semifinals to George Washington, 58-53. The seniors then turned their eyes toward a possible at-large bid in the NCAA tournament, in hopes of another day to play, together.

Editor’s note: The Flyers received an at-large bid to play in the 2018 NCAA tournament. The team lost in the first round to Marquette, 65-84.

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Alumni Community Profile: Northwest Ohio

12:27 PM  Mar 16th, 2018
by Gita Balakrishnan

The northwest Ohio alumni community has had a busy year. Last summer, alumni volunteered with the Toledo YES Project, where 120 to 150 youth and adult volunteers come together for four days of Christian service. Alumni hosted a speaker who gave tips on using LinkedIn. And the community organized gamewatch parties for the minor league baseball Toledo Mud Hens and Flyers basketball. When not volunteering or getting together, alumni experience the rich culture of Toledo with activities on Lake Erie, visiting the Toledo Museum of Art or Toledo Zoo, or paying homage to the city’s history of glass production by visiting the Glass Pavilion. And whenever possible, they stop at Tony Packo’s for a quick bite.

Made famous from its regular reference on the television show M*A*S*H, we asked alumni:

Are Tony Packo’s hot dogs really that good, and why?

“Tony Packo’s is the best! When you go, you have to order the chicken chili mac. It’s a lightly sweet chicken chili on top of their Hungarian dumplings. I devour it every time!”—Nicole Susdorf ’09

“Tony Packo’s is extremely similar to Skyline in the way the locals view it. People living in Cincinnati/Dayton love Skyline just as Toledo locals love Tony Packo’s.  If you are ever in the area I would highly recommend going. Tony Packo’s dog is much better than Skyline’s Cheese Coney, and the wall decor of a bunch of hot dog buns being signed by famous celebrities is also a fun touch.”—Chris Alleman ’15

“Tony Packo’s hot dogs are as advertised. It’s a great local quality food that has a distinct flavor. Nothing beats their chili cheese dogs!” —David Theby ’09

Alumni by the numbers

Total Alumni 1,504

Flyer Fusions 145

Graduation classes

All 1940s-2010s

Most 2000s (with 320)

Academic areas

Education & Health Sciences 554

Arts & Sciences 462

Business 255

Engineering 210

Law 23

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ReadSeeHear This: Lost Treasures of St. Louis

12:26 PM  Mar 16th, 2018
by Gita Balakrishnan

A blog by Cameron Collins ’94

Collins never imagined that the success of his personal blog “Distilled History” — a St. Louis history and drinking blog — would lead to a book deal. The idea of the blog began when he wanted to learn more about the city’s rich history. But he also wanted to throw in a twist. Collins writes, “If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of two things: history and drinking. Specifically,
St. Louis history and, specifically, drinking well-made cocktails.” Collins hunts for bits of under-the-radar history and then stops for a drink on the way. His blog led to his first book, Lost Treasures of St. Louis. For more information, visit www.distilledhistory.com.

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March Madness 101

9:49 PM  Mar 12th, 2018
by Shannon Shelton Miller

For a few days in March, UD Arena becomes more than just another venue hosting a major national sporting event. It turns into a 13,000-seat classroom.

During the First Four, the opening round of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, UD students work behind the scenes with the Division of Athletics to assist with communications, facilities management, ticketing, athletic training and other functions necessary for successful event execution. Student journalists from University of Dayton Magazine also attend to cover the event for the alumni audience. (Follow their work on Twitter @daymag.)

And, during the last three years, the First Four has given one class an opportunity to integrate the NCAA tournament into its regular course work. Students from a sports media class spend an afternoon at the Arena attending press conferences, observing reporters at work and taking in the pregame buzz before that night’s First Four games.

The students, mostly juniors and seniors, are sport management majors in the Department of Health and Sport Science in the

School of Education and Health Sciences. Their class helps students understand the role of media and communications in the sports and recreation industry and prepares them for careers in the field.

“This is a great opportunity for students to take a look behind the scenes at a major sporting event,” said JoAn Scott, managing director of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship. “The University of Dayton does a great job in organizing and hosting the First Four games, and these students get a first-hand look at what it takes to conduct such a huge event.”

Doug Hauschild, director of athletics communications, works with the NCAA to secure short-term passes for the 10 to 15 students who attend the media availability. They arrive shortly after noon on Tuesday and attend the press conferences for the teams scheduled to play on Wednesday. The passes give students access to the media workroom, the press conference area, locker rooms and courtside media seating, where they can observe open practices and talk to professional communicators at work.

In 2017, students chatted with CBS/Turner Sports broadcaster and former NBA/college basketball star Steve Smith, who shared stories about his broadcast career and his pregame prep routine.

Since 2001, UD Arena has hosted at least one game in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, from the play-in game that ran 2001-10 to the First Four, which started in 2011 and is guaranteed to take place in Dayton until 2022. The facility has also hosted first- and second-round games in the men’s tournament and regional games in the women’s tournament. Because of the Arena’s prolific record as a tournament venue, UD students have been able to list NCAA tournament experience on their résumés in the relevant experience category, sometimes for four consecutive years.

“March Madness is a three-week run of tremendous college basketball, with many eyes of the nation and the world focused on the games,” Scott said. “We are happy to extend the students this opportunity, and who knows, one or more of them might be interested enough to someday work in event or media operations and maybe even on this tournament.”

Shannon Shelton Miller has served as the instructor for HSS 353: Sports Media and launched the student site visit during the 2016 First Four. She is a UD editor and a frequent contributor to University of Dayton Magazine. Her story appeared in the spring 2018 issue.

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ReadSeeHear This: Go Go Gorillas

11:22 AM  Mar 12th, 2018
by Gita Balakrishnan

A book by Patrick Wensink ’02

Although Wensink has written five books for adults, Go Go Gorillas: A Romping Bedtime Tale (HarperCollins, 2017), is the writer’s
first children’s book. Wensink took inspiration from family trips to the zoo with his wife and then-2-year-old child. As his son kept asking why the gorillas were always sleeping, Wensink would make up stories about what made them so sleepy during the day. Eventually, the idea of apes who stayed up dancing all night took shape. During talks with his editor, he said, “Several times we said things like, ‘Would a gorilla really dance the watusi? What kind of records would a baby ape play if he were deejaying?’ These are silly conversations but also show how seriously we thought about children’s literature.” Wensink is currently putting the final touches on the sequel, Go Go Bananas, which is set to be published in 2018.

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Alumni Community Profile: Orange County

11:21 AM  Mar 12th, 2018
by Gita Balakrishnan

The relatively new Orange County, California, chapter is driven by service first, which is where the largest participation of alumni always occurs.  The OC community volunteers with Second Harvest, a food bank, packing thousands of meals for homeless shelters throughout the area. The community also works with the Village of Hope, which shelters homeless families. Orange County is home to tourist attractions such as Anaheim and Disneyland.  Not to be outdone by the inland activities, the Southern California coastline adds to quality of life through boating and other water activities, which even includes whale watching.

We asked a few alumni in the area:

If Rudy Flyer could choose one Disney character as his sidekick, who would it be and why?

“Buzz Lightyear, because they’d be able to fly around all day and hang out on porches all night!”—Mike Lamorgese ’14

“I think Rudy Flyer would pick Tinkerbell as his sidekick. She and Rudy share a love of flying; she is capable of supporting both Peter Pan and Rudy; and we could use some pixie dust to continue our postseason appearances.”—Steve Tomassi ’74

“I would say that Rudy would probably choose both Peter Pan and Aladdin for wingmen, primarily for their gravity-defeating abilities. Rudy’s relentless enthusiasm would be coupled greatly by Peter Pan’s curiosity and interest in mischief, as well as enhanced by the adventure-searching yet grounded diamond-in-the-rough qualities of Aladdin. No matter what adventures they may face as a team, it would be a fun trio to see in action.”—Stephanie Grant ’01

Alumni by the numbers

Total Alumni 453

Single 149

Married 271

Flyer Fusions 47

Graduation classes

All 1930s-2010s

Most 1970s with 119

Academic areas

Arts & Sciences 136

Engineering 126

Business 109

Education & Health Sciences 68

Law 14

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ReadSeeHear This: A Case for Kindness

9:43 AM  Mar 5th, 2018
by Gita Balakrishnan

A book by Lisa Barrickman ’96

When Lisa Barrickman started to think about her 40th birthday, she was thankful for the years she had lived and wanted her celebration to be a reflection of that gratitude by practicing 40 days of intentional kindness leading up to her birthday. She left a basket of toys at a park or taped a baggie of coins to a parking meter. Once others heard about her kindness journey, they were excited, too. Many joined her, and together they scattered more than 20,000 acts of kindness. Her book, A Case for Kindness, will be released June 27, 2017, and gives readers practical ways to spread kindness in the world. “The great thing about kindness is that we never know where our good deeds end,” she says.

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NowReadSeeHear This: Larry’s Healthy 21 Day Food Guide

2:31 PM  Feb 28th, 2018
by Gita Balakrishnan

A book by Larry Campanella ’78

With more than 40 years of experience in the fitness field, Larry Campanella published his first food guide in November 2016.  Larry’s Healthy 21 Day Food Guide helps those interested in bodybuilding, losing weight or simply eating healthy,
planned-out meals. The book also includes gluten-free recipes. Campanella said, “My major philosophy is that portion control is the key to success, as well as a nutritionally balanced healthy diet.” Fifty percent of book sales go directly to Elijah’s Food Kitchen, a food bank in Campanella’s hometown of New Brunswick, New Jersey. Flyers are invited to contact the author at fitnessguy2@aol.com.

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Alumni Community Profile: Raleigh/Durham

2:09 PM  Feb 28th, 2018
by Gita Balakrishnan

Alumni who live in the Raleigh/Durham community can boast about living near one of the world’s greatest technological research parks, known as Research Triangle, where multibillion-dollar companies such as Lenovo and Cisco maintain headquarters.

The area is also home to Duke University, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State. Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks, and the area has three wineries, two distilleries and 21 craft breweries. For its Christmas off Campus event, the group volunteered with Clubs in the City Urban Youth Development, where they provided lunch for at-risk youth, decorated the cafeteria and set up a new basketball rim.

We asked a few alumni in the area:

What do you like best about living in Raleigh/Durham?

“Three primary things. First and foremost, the people who live in North Carolina are absolutely the nicest people you could meet. Secondly, it’s a great place to raise kids. And lastly, Raleigh is located two hours from the beach and two hours from the mountains. Great place to get outside and stay active.” —Bob Glaser ’83

“I had the chance to live in other cities prior to moving to Raleigh, but none of them compare when it comes to beauty, hospitality, opportunity and growth. It’s like you get all the best qualities of the East, Midwest and South regions combined. Plus, Raleigh still manages to maintain its small-town feel even though it’s rapidly growing. I think that is one thing that Raleigh natives really cherish.” —Ben Inkrott ’13

“Its location. It’s almost exactly in the middle between the mountains in the west and the beach to the east. It’s warmer than Ohio in winter. Also, you get to see three great college basketball teams, a Class AAA baseball team and an NHL
hockey team.” —Brian Rapp ’76

“My two favorite parts about living in the Raleigh/Durham area are the college rivalry among NC State, Duke and Carolina, and the ability to get to the beach in two hours. I grew up with constant chatter about the ‘Tobacco Road’ showdown between Duke and Carolina, and it makes for a great game watch! Also, going to school in Ohio taught me not to take this quick
two-hour drive to the beach for granted.” —Danielle Glaser ’12

Alumni  By the Numbers

Total Alumni 578

Single 173

Married 377

Flyer Fusions 112

Graduation Classes

All 1930s-2010s

Most 1990s with 143

Academic Area

Arts & Sciences 263

Business 110

Engineering 97

Education & Health Sciences 86

Law 22

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In distinguished company

1:49 PM  Feb 28th, 2018
by UD Magazine staff


Carroll A. “Ted” Hochwalt ’20

Scientific ingenuity

Inventions include:

-Morton’s salt iodization process

-Non-freezing fire extinguisher

-Rapid distillation process for whiskey

-Tetraethyl lead gasoline octane booster

-Metal grinding and stamping lubricants

-Waterproof and mildew-proof textiles

-Low-sudsing All laundry detergent


Alphonse H. Mahrt ’12

Taking the ball & running with it

“No man ever possessed more drive, honesty and integrity than Al.” That’s how the board chairman for Mead Corp. honored Mahrt at his retirement after 39 years with Mead, which named a paper mill in Alabama in his honor. As a student, Mahrt was known as one of the University’s first great athletes, playing baseball, basketball and football. After graduation, Mahrt was a founding member and the first captain of the Dayton Triangles football team, one of the first teams in the NFL.


Edwin G. Becker ’14

Service to college & community

Becker served as a judge of the Court of the Common Pleas of Hamilton County, Ohio, a chemical superintendent with Procter & Gamble Co.; a lay leader in the Cincinnati Archdiocese; and a member of the University lay board of trustees.


Joseph D. Park ’29

Father of Freon

For Frigidaire, Park helped develop Freon to revolutionize refrigeration. For DuPont, he flipped kitchen conventions with the creation of nonstick Teflon. In 1947, Park turned his focus to education as a professor at the University of Colorado.


John B. Alexander ’25

Cement innovator

A longtime chemist and vice president with Southwestern Portland Cement Co., Alexander helped develop the concrete for the Hoover Dam.


Martin J. Hillenbrand ’37

First U.S. ambassador to Hungary

“I have served as a diplomat under seven presidents and nine secretaries of state. … The interplay of people and events, of decision making and ineluctable external causation that constitutes the historical process, is fraught with both personal tragedy and achievement. Things never quite work out as we would wish.”

— Hillenbrand, from Fragments of Our Time: Memoirs of a Diplomat


Col. Edward L. Buescher ’45

Isolated & characterized the rubella virus, cause of German measles

U.S. rubella timeline:

-1962: Virus characterized by scientists at Walter Reed Army Hospital

-1964: 12.5 million cases

-1969: 57,686 cases; rubella vaccine licensed; Buescher receives the Legion of Merit

-1983: 1,000 cases

-2004: Measles no longer endemic in the U.S.

-Today: <10 cases each year


Father Raymond A. Roesch, S.M. ’36

University’s 16th president

He was called “the founder of the modern University of Dayton” by Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., the University’s 17th president. Roesch, as president from 1959 to 1979, added nine academic departments; six associate, 18 bachelor’s and 44 master’s degree programs; reopened the School of Law; and was instrumental in the construction of Kennedy Union, Miriam Hall, Roesch Library, UD Arena, Marycrest Hall, Stuart Hall and Campus South.


George E. Freitas ’29

Business connoisseur

Among his companies: Hawaii Corp., Pacific Development Co., Pacific Construction Co., Pacific Utility Contractors and Community Equipment Inc., VHY, Moanalua Shopping Inc., Rosalei Apartments Inc., First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaiian Western Steel, Johnston and Buscher Inc., Pacific-Peru Construction Corp., Von Hamm-Young Inc., Hawaiian Textiles Inc., Pacco.


Clement G. Jauch ’08

His indelible stamp

Jauch, a member of the University of Dayton alumni board of directors, founded the Dayton Stencil Works Co., which continues to operate on East Second Street in the same building it has occupied since the early 1900s.


Charles W. Whalen Jr. ’42

Six-term U.S. congressman

“We’ve come to realize there is a limit to our powers. We have a feeling that we’re not as powerful as we thought we were.”

— Whalen to The New York Times on his decision in 1978 not to run for re-election; Whalen led the Republican opposition to the Vietnam War


Erma Fiste Bombeck ’49

Mother of suburban wit

“When Humor Goes, There Goes Civilization”

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved of the dessert cart.”

“All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.”

“Insanity is hereditary. You can catch it from your kids.”


Soichi Kawazoe ’30

Executive vice president of Nissan Motors Corp., USA

After earning degrees from UD and MIT, Kawazoe returned to Japan, where he worked as an engineer for General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Nissan before being drafted into service with the Japanese army and becoming a prisoner of war of the Chinese Communists for eight years. His advice to Nissan to open an American sales branch led to the selling of 150,859 Datsun cars in the U.S. in 1970, the first year Kawazoe donated a Datsun to UD.


Torrence A. Makley Jr. ’40

Cataract surgery pioneer

Dr. Makley, professor of ophthalmology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, pioneered the use of the revolutionary, less-invasive cataract treatment known as phacoemulsification.


Barry A. Shillito 49

World War II Army Air Corps POW

A career in the aircraft industry and defense logistics included his appointments as the assistant secretary of the Navy in 1968 and the assistant secretary of defense in 1969 during the Vietnam War.


Brother Joseph F. Buettner, S.M. ’36

Beloved educator

In his 51 years of service in the Society of Mary, Buettner served the mission of education, including his last 38 years in Puerto Rico. Said his secretary at Colegio San Jose in San Juan, Puerto Rico,  upon Buettner’s death in 1979, “This is a man that God tries and finds worthy.”


George K. Houghtailing ’29

Director of planning, Honolulu

“It made me understand that people are people, and you have to look and plan for people, and work with people.”


Carl J. Crane ’24

Aviation pioneer & inventor

At age 10, Crane witnessed the flight of a Wright brothers biplane. He went on to a career of more than 60 years as a pilot, during which he flew almost every experimental and production craft, from the early biplanes to jet aircraft. He also helped write the world’s first manual on instrument flight and, in 1937, made the first fully automated landing at what is now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.


Rita Rapp ’50

Space physiology pioneer

She joined the NASA Space Task Force at Langley Field in 1961 and was transferred the following year to the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center. She designed and implemented biomedical experiments, inflight medical kits and in-flight exercises for the astronauts, in addition to designing their meals and packaging their foods for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs. In 1971, she received the Federal Women’s Award, the highest honor for a professional woman in the federal government.


Charles H. “Chuck” Noll ’53

Super Bowl legend

“Our goal is to win Super Bowls, and to win the Super Bowl you must start at the beginning. … Chuck [Noll] always preached about getting back to the basics. … Chuck Noll was always the teacher.”

— Dan Rooney, chairman, Pittsburgh Steelers, in 2014 remembering the Flyer who coached the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl championships. 


Simon “Si” Burick ’30

Sports editor

Burick came to the University to become a doctor; instead, at age 19, he left UD to join the Dayton Daily News as sports editor, a position he held until his death in 1986. “After five decades, I confess there have been no regrets on my part,” he said some years before his death. Among his many accolades was Burick’s 1983 induction into the writers section of the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York; he was the only honoree who came from a city with no major league team. Burick finally received a UD degree in 1977 — an honorary doctorate in humane letters.


Simon Nathan ’42

International photographer

Nathan, a noted photographer, contributed to his profession through his “Simon Sez” photography column, photography instruction books and the development of a hand-held panoramic camera.


Richard H. Finan 54

Former president, Ohio Senate

“I’m most proud of riding herd over the renovation of the Statehouse. Anybody can pass a bill, but not anybody could do this. … Every time I come into the building, my chest swells with pride.”


Bernard L. Whelan ’08

‘Early bird’ of aviation

Whelan was among those who soloed in the first 13 years of powered flight; he later served as president of the Early Birds. An exhibition flier, Army Air Corps instructor and test pilot, Whelan went on to become vice president of the United Aircraft Corp.


Donald M. Knowlan ’51

Master doctor

Former team physician for the Washington Redskins and current professor emeritus of medicine at Georgetown University, Dr. Knowlan was inducted as a master of the American College of Physicians in 2008. He continues to participate in white coat ceremonies for GW’s medical students. “Today, the future of medicine is in their imagination,” he said of the Class of 2016.


Shirley A. Pohl ’57 

Lifetime of clinical laboratory excellence

Pohl, a contributor to UD’s undergraduate and graduate programs in medical technology, shared her expertise with the world through service with MEDICO/CARE, which provides medical teams to developing countries, and the World Health Organization, where she served as a temporary adviser.


John R. Westerheide ’47

UD Research Institute founding director

“If some of us left a few fingerprints around, he left a full-body cast.”

— Al Ray, division of materials, metals and ceramics, about the impact of Westerheide throughout the institute


Ronald W. Collins ’57

Scholar in instructional computer usage

Collins was honored for his contributions to the fields of chemistry, chemical education, computers, computer-assisted instruction and university administration; he served on the faculty of Eastern Michigan University for 35 years.


John E. Condon ’51

Chief quality officer

Condon’s career in quality control included positions in industry and the government, including responsibility for the reliability of NASA’s space program from 1962-1972 and national leadership as president of the American Society for Quality Control.


Charles R. Wilke ’40

Chemical engineering education pioneer

“I feel it’s important to support future students and to encourage them to engage in research work that will improve human life, the profession and the economy.”

— Wilke, founder, department of chemical engineering, University of California, Berkeley



Irmengard P. Rauch ’55

Professor of German linguistics

An author of publications on historical and modern German linguistics and a professor at University of California, Berkeley, Rauch received honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982 and the 1999 Festschrift Interdigitations: Essays for Irmengard Rauch.


Donald W. Wigal ’55

Specializing in modern & Western art

“I now believe art can lead to and flow from spirituality, from a simple household chore, for example, to the building of a grand Gothic edifice — not only cathedrals, but environments for all sorts of human expressions of truth and beauty.”


Brother Howard L. Hughes, S.M. ’51

Praising Mary through song

Hughes was a teacher, organist and glee club director in Washington, D.C.; Cleveland; Mineola, New York; and San Antonio. While serving on the Curia Generalizia in Rome, he was superior of the Marianist community there. In 2013, he was named Musician of the Year by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.


Joseph E. Keller ’29

Washington, D.C., lawyer & law educator

“I’ve always been interested in helping people to be good lawyers. My roots came from the University of Dayton. It’s the only place I feel I ever got an education.”

— Keller, namesake for the building housing the UD School of Law


Sanford M. Shapero ’50

Making change

A civil rights activist who marched with Martin Luther King Jr., Shapero went on to lead private and nonprofit organizations, including City of Hope and Spirit of America Worldwide.


Charles J. Pedersen ’26

Nobel laureate

Pedersen, while working as an organic chemist for DuPont, discovered methods for synthesizing crown ethers, today used in many applications including removing mercury from drinking water.


Joseph E. Stermer ’31

Giving it his all

Stermer served in 27 countries abroad during his time in the Army. After the Korean Conflict, he helped establish a judicial system there based on the American model. He retired as colonel and practiced law in Michigan.


Charles L. “Chuck” Weber ’58 

Radar & communications systems

“Chuck was kind, gentle and a great mentor to students, faculty and staff. He was a cheerful, positive person who cared deeply about his friends and colleagues and always brought out and encouraged the best qualities in people.”

— Alexander Sawchuck, University of Southern California, a fellow electrical engineering faculty member 


Brother Donald R. Geiger, S.M. ’55

Brother earth

Professor emeritus of biology, Geiger has led numerous research projects to benefit the earth’s plants, people and other animals. Projects include land management in West Africa, food production in China, and natural area restoration in wetlands, prairies, parks and a former nuclear facility. Now retired, Geiger can still be found teaching through the UD River Stewards and the Marianist Environmental Education Center.


George E. Thoma ’43

Pioneer in nuclear medicine

“A tireless advocate of opportunities in science to inspire and encourage the next generation.”

— Mary Burke, CEO of the Academy of Science


Doris I. Shields Charles ’52

Champion for student health

Dr. Charles began her career as a clinical instructor of nursing arts at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. She was the only woman in Ohio to head the health services at two major universities, University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University, where she was also named team physician. Her excellence was recognized by the Ohio College Health Association.


Frank F. Ledford Jr. ’55

Chief surgeon

After a military medical career that included an appointment as Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, Dr. Ledford became president of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, where he grew the foundation’s annual grant and contract income from $14.6 million in 1992 to $42.6 million in 2003.


Thomas C. Kennedy ’59

Lover of history & life


“He loved teaching, more perhaps than some of his students loved learning, but in that cast of thousands, there were some he never forgot and a few who gained high places in the world of men and women.”

— obituary from the University of Arkansas


William E. Hammer Jr. ’62

Dayton engineer

As a leader in his profession, Hammer held positions as vice president of the board of governors of the Dayton Engineers Club and among the leadership of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He practiced, taught and wrote about information systems and data processing.


John L. O’Grady ’68 

Future investments

O’Grady spent nearly his entire investment career with Salomon Brothers, including positions as a managing director and general partner. The O’Grady Scholarship, established after his death, provides inner-city New York youth with full-tuition scholarships to UD.


James C. Herbert ’63

Grand fellow

After an early career as a college instructor, Herbert researched and analyzed higher education policy, for which he received eight fellowships. Herbert was a senior adviser on joint activities to the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, helping create their interagency partnership for documenting endangered languages.


Ralph D. Delaney ’55 

Advocate for the poor


“He was what his heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, would have called a nonviolent soldier.”

— Cleveland Magazine on Delaney, who was murdered in 1990 while videotaping dilapidated living conditions in public housing


John T. Makley ’57

Physician & teacher

An orthopedic surgeon at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals, Dr. Makley devoted nearly five decades to the care of patients and the education of residents and fellows. As an orthopedic oncologist, he has helped shape national perspective on bone banking and treatment of patients with bone and soft-tissue tumors.


Thomas J. Frericks ’53

He built basketball

One of the most influential lay persons in UD’s history, Frericks served his alma mater in various administrative positions from 1964 to his death in 1992. He oversaw the construction of UD Arena and served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. The Frericks Center, home to University athletics, is named in his honor.


Thomas Eggemeier ’67

In service to UD

An expert in human factors and ergonomics, Eggemeier led UD’s psychology department, served as an associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, and retired in 2013 as dean of the Graduate School. In 2008, he received UD’s Lackner Award, which honors lay people who embody the Marianist spirit on campus.


Cordell W. Hull ’56

Building opportunities

Hull served two terms on UD’s board of trustees. His career in global construction, infrastructure and financing includes his most recent position as principal with InfrastructureWorld, from which he has retired. For 20 years, students in the University Honors and Berry Scholars programs have studied and conducted research abroad thanks to the Cordell W. Hull International Fellows Fund, named in honor of his service and generosity to UD.


Brother John J. Lucier, S.M. ’37

Chemistry mentor

“Brother John Lucier was a scholar, a scientist, a dedicated teacher and a man of faith.”

— Father James L. Heft, S.M. ’66, on Lucier, former chemistry department chair who joined the faculty in 1945 


Colombe M. Nicholas ’64

Astute marketer

Having distinguished herself as one of the most influential leaders in the international fashion and retail industries, Nicholas held top posts at Anne Klein, Giorgio Armani, Health-Tex and Christian Dior.


James R. Spotila ’66

Biodiversity champion

Spotila, founding president of the International Sea Turtle Society and chair of The Leatherback Trust, has spent his career working in environmental science, biodiversity and conservation biophysical ecology. He is a professor of environmental science at Drexel University.


John A. Lombardo ’71

Team healer

Dr. Lombardo, in his nearly 30 years experience as a team physician, has helped heal athletes from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Ballet, 1998 Winter Olympics and Ohio State University, among others. A founding member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Lombardo continues to serve as the NFL’s drug adviser for anabolic steroids and as a clinical professor at Ohio State University College of Medicine.


Paul W. Armstrong ’67

Life & the law

Armstrong, a retired judge on the Somerset County, New Jersey, Superior Court, is known for his seminal work on cases that impact how the law deals with medicine and science. In the 1976 case involving Karen Ann Quinlan, Armstrong argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court the Catholic moral theology perspective that “extraordinary means” need not be employed in preserving a patient’s life. “What emanated from the Quinlan case was the hospice movement,” Armstrong told NJ.com. “We set a standard for how we care for one another at the end of life.”


Paul V. McEnroe ’59

Father of the UPC

“What can you invent that touches more people?”

— McEnroe, inventor of the bar code and scanning system; last he heard, the world was scanning 5 billion bar codes daily


John L. Lahey ’68

Higher ed leader

Lahey will retire in 2018 having served 31 years as president of Quinnipiac University, where he increased enrollment, fundraising, campus size and degree offerings. Lahey also helped oversee the creation of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum.


Theodore Q. Miller Jr. ’68

Diversifying the sciences

Dr. Miller retired from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in 2006, having served as a professor of radiology, associate dean of student affairs and director of admissions. He helped establish the King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science in South Central Los Angeles, which attracts students at risk of not graduating from high school. He also started the Saturday Science Academy for preteen children.


Richard M. Schoen ’72

Mathematics of spacetime

Schoen unravels the mysteries of differential geometry and ideas of spacetime, including questions about the curvature of the universe. In 2017 alone, he won three of the world’s most prestigious international mathematics awards. He teaches at University of California, Irvine.


Richard A. Abdoo ’65

Lead with integrity

President of the environmental and energy consulting firm R.A. Abdoo & Co., Abdoo previously served as chief executive for several Wisconsin energy companies. He was UD’s first business vocation executive-in-residence.


Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M. ’64

University’s 17th president

“I saw if we were going to be a great Catholic university, we needed conversations about mission and vision. So we began planning.”

— Fitz, UD’s longest-serving president (1979-2002); he continues to connect Catholic social teaching and the social sciences through the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community 


Eugene Steuerle ’68

Creating good from grief

In memory of wife Norma Lang Steuerle, who died on 9/11 in the Pentagon attack, Steuerle and his daughters founded two nonprofits: Alexandria Community Trust, which supports charities in northern Virginia, and Our Voices Together, which fights terrorism by building a safer, more compassionate world.


Peter A. Luongo ’65

It’s not just about winning

Retired president and CEO of The Berry Co., the nation’s largest Yellow Pages advertising sales agency, Luongo is author of 10 Truths About Leadership and former executive director of UD’s Center for Leadership.


Eileen Dolan ’79

Kinder chemo

“A patient’s genetics sheds light on po-tential targets for new drugs to prevent or treat these devastating toxicities.”

— Dolan, professor of medicine at University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, on identifying hereditary predisposition for toxic side effects of chemotherapy


David C. Phillips ’62

Eliminating poverty

In 1996, Phillips founded Cincinnati Works with his wife, Liane. Cincinnati Works helps residents find jobs through a comprehensive program that includes assistance with child care, transportation, work clothes, and mental and physical health care for the entire family, as well as assistance with any other barriers to employment.


John F. McHale ’78

The next innovation

McHale sold his first business to Compaq and his second to Cisco Systems, part of his pattern for doing business: Invent cutting-edge technology, develop the business, sell it to a company that can expand the product market and reinvest to begin again. He also helped found Genesis Inventions to provide investment and funding services to other inventors.


Gordon Roberts ’74

Moral obligation

The Medal of Honor citation for Roberts praises his “gallant and selfless actions … in keeping with the highest traditions of the service.” In Vietnam in 1969, that meant extraordinary heroism that saved fellow soldiers pinned down on a hillside. At Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2009, it meant commanding 2,500 caregivers. He retired as a colonel in 2012 after 44 years of Army service.


Richard P. Davis ’72

Financial entrepreneur

In 1984, Davis co-founded Flagship Financial, which grew to manage $5.4 billion in assets for more than 100,000 investors by 1996. His gifts to UD provide students with hands-on investment education through the Davis Center for Portfolio Management in the School of Business Administration.


Michele Mariscalco ’77

In care of others

A recipient of the 2010 Barry A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care Management, Dr. Mariscalco has dedicated herself to integrating research and scholarship with quality patient care and education. Grants she received from the National Institutes of Health have supported research training in pediatric critical care medicine to train the next generation of physician-scientists. After previous appointments at the schools of medicine for Baylor College and University of Kansas in Wichita, Mariscalco is regional dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Urbana.


Ricardo Bressani ’48

Food for thought

As a researcher in nutrition and food sciences, Bressani’s life was devoted to improving health outcomes for children in his native Guatemala. His research into plant-based proteins, cooking methods to maximize nutrition and the benefits of ancestral diets, and his invention of nutrition-fortified foods, continue to nourish children around the world.


David J. Bradley ’71

Inventor of ctrl-alt-del

“One of my favorite time-wasters is taking a PC apart to make it run faster or better.”

— Bradley, who holds 10 patents related to computer design and was one of the original 12 engineers who began work on the IBM personal computer in 1980


Sean P. Donahue ’84

Vision for a better future

Dr. Donahue’s research helps find new technologies that detect eye problems in preliterate children. Through his work with the Lions Club International Foundation Pediatric Cataract Initiative, he has traveled the globe to train doctors in the recognition, prevention and treatment of cataracts. He is a professor of ophthalmology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


Katherine A. Schipper ’71

Financial record

One of the world’s renowned accounting educators, Schipper has served as editor of the Journal of Accounting Research and as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Inducted into the international Accounting Hall of Fame in 2007, Schipper holds an endowed professorship at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.


Fred C. Tenover ’76

Faith & science


“My Catholic faith is fundamental to my science. I see the two as interconnected — the integration of faith and science makes sense to me.”

— Tenover, former director of the office of antimicrobial resistance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Joseph R. Desch ’29


An electrical engineer and inventor, Desch served the country during World War II by developing an electro-mechanical code-breaking machine. Dubbed the Bombe, it was responsible for the destruction of up to 54 German U-boats, based on some historian accounts. Of 121 Bombes built, only one machine remains intact, housed in the NSA Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade, Maryland. Desch received the Medal of Merit from President Harry S. Truman July 16, 1947.



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